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Afridi says Haris Rauf should be part of Test team instead of BBL

02:15 PM | 29 Dec, 2023
Afridi says Haris Rauf should be part of Test team instead of BBL

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi expressed his belief that fast bowler Haris Rauf should have been part of the three-Test series against Australia, citing conditions that would have favored Rauf’s skills, rather than playing in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Despite being a white-ball specialist and having limited Test experience with just one Test and nine first-class matches, Rauf declined the offer to join Pakistan’s tour of Australia and chose to compete for the BBL’s Melbourne Stars instead.

The allure of higher earnings from franchise cricket compared to international cricket, especially with Pakistan’s cricketers not being allowed in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), makes tournaments like Australia’s Big Bash League quite appealing.

Following a brief confrontation with Pakistan’s cricket board (PCB), Rauf was granted permission earlier in the month to make a limited appearance in the BBL. In the four matches he has played, the 30-year-old has taken six wickets.

Afridi, who captained Pakistan across Test cricket, one-day internationals, and T20 between 2009 and 2016, shared his thoughts with reporters during the second Test in Melbourne on Friday, stating, “I think Haris should have been part of this side instead, rather than (the BBL). In these conditions, with the kind of pace he has, he would have performed well and enjoyed himself on the kinds of pitches Australia prepared in Perth and here.”

The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground from Jan 3.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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